Russia, Iran, Turkey presidents meet in Tehran on Syria's Idlib province

07 September, 2018, 16:27 | Author: Rachel Logan
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A handout picture taken and released on September 7, 2018, in Tehran by the Turkish presidential press service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

"Whatever reason there is an attack that has been made or will be made will result in disaster, massacre and humanitarian drama", he said.

"The Tehran summit can produce peace and reconciliation in Syria or it can deepen the mess created by endless bouts of violence mainly instigated by the Assad regime", Ilnur Cevik, a senior adviser to Erdogan, wrote in the Daily Sabah newspaper.

"We have killed, we are killing and we will kill terrorists. whether that be in Aleppo, Idlib or other parts of Syria". There are an estimated 30,000 rebel fighters still in the area, including some 10,000 al-Qaeda-linked militants.

A former Iranian diplomat, Ali Akbar Farazi, told IRNA the summit shows that solving regional issues "in a fair way that agrees with the interests of all sides" remains important for the three nations.

For Turkey, the stakes couldn't be higher.

Russian Federation and Iran are Syria's top allies, and Turkey fears another refugee crisis along its border if Syrian forces attack Idlib.

Air raids across the province killed at least 13 civilians, including six children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said. Sources said he cautioned that he didn't want to hear in October that the military hadn't been able to fully defeat ISIS and needed to stay. Abdurrahman said suspected Russian warplanes carried out the attack.

Turkey also does not want to see another Kurdish-controlled area rise along its border, as it already faces in northern Iraq.

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The Damascus regime is present in a southeastern chunk of the province.

Worldwide calls for restraint grew Wednesday for Syria and its allies, Russian Federation and Iran, to avoid a bloodbath and humanitarian disaster in Syria's Idlib province.

The Trump administration is walking back the notion of an imminent pullout of United States forces from Syria, promising to remain until there is an "enduring defeat" of ISIS.

In regaining control over other parts of Syria in the past year, Russian-brokered surrender deals offered safe passage for tens of thousands of rebels and their families to Idlib, which is why the province became the last bastion of the armed resistance.

They were meeting to discuss the situation in Idlib amid concerns that an expected government offensive in the northwestern province would cause severe bloodshed, major civilian casualties, and a humanitarian catastrophe.

Trump will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Iran during an annual gathering of world leaders in NY later this month.

Russian Federation has said the Syrian army is preparing to solve the problem of "terrorism" in the rebel stronghold and reiterated Friday that its position had not changed.

Rohani said that the fight in Syria should continue until all extremists are "uprooted", especially in Idlib, but that the battle there should not harm civilians.

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